Lately Microsoft has been making serious strides in the iOS development space. One such example was their recent release of the official Xbox LIVE companion app, My Xbox LIVE. At first the tool was mainly for viewing Xbox LIVE messages, gamerscore and avatars, but now things finally seem to be taking a turn for the more interactive.
As part of their sixth update to the application, functionality has now been patched in to actually remote control and interact with the console from the iPad. Granted the remote control abilities are limited to multimedia playback and they do not apply to the iPhone version, but at least it is a baby step towards Microsoft eventual SmartGlass feature set. It remains to be seen if the My Xbox LIVE software will actually be the vehicle for launching the initiative down the road but as far as we are concerned, any kind of convergence across the platforms is a move in the right direction.
Either way, if you own an Xbox and an iPad there is really no reason not to check the app out anyway, considering it is free. Give it a look. Who knows? You might be surprised at what you find.